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West Asia Roundup - May 2020

Abstract:

West Asia continued to suffer under the onslaught of Covid -19. While Iran despite its socio-economic problems and US sanctions remained the major victim in the region others caught up rather fast. Some took early containment actions while others wondered.
CHEW AN LAI | A POEM
In Moscow close to the Bolshoi, I was approached by Hou Noh Lai, I sensed it was his clear intent To share with me a document That from China he’d filtered out, Which he stated was all about Xi Jinping’s plans of brinksmanship To further tighten his strong grip On each lever of power in China, in his standard ‘win-win”.
चीन और मलेशिया के बीच दक्षिण चीन सागर में पनपता टकराव
दुनिया इस समय वुहान से निकले जानलेवा कोविड-19 वायरस से निपटने में जुटी है और चीन दक्षिण चीन सागर पर कब्जा करने की अपनी खतरनाक नीति को पूरी बेशर्मी से आगे बढ़ा रहा है। चीन की विस्तारवादी नीति का हालिया निशाना मलेशियाई विशिष्ट आर्थिक क्षेत्र या एक्सक्लूसिव इकनॉमिक जोन (ईईजेड) में मलेशिया सरकार की कंपनी पेट्रोनास द्वारा संचालित एक खोजी जहाज है। चाइना का निगरानी करने वाला जहाज “हाइयांग दिझी 8” को मलेशियाई जहाज के बेहद करीब तैनात कर दिया गया है और अवैध चीनी दावे ठोके जा रहे हैं।
The World Environment Day: Bring Back Respect and Reverence for Nature to Save Mankind
The UN General Assembly designated fifth June as the World Environment Day in 1972. In 1974 the first Environment Day was celebrated on the theme “Only one Earth”. That theme is as relevant today as it was then. Covid-19 has brought home the oneness of the planet forcefully.
India-China Standoff : Contracting Options in Ladakh
The India-China border dispute spreads over more than 800 kms in the Western Sector, extending from a little West of Karakoram Pass till Gaya Peak on the Ladakh border with Himachal Pradesh, in the South. India claims 38000 Sq km of the territory presently under Chinese occupation. While the border has been managed peacefully for the past so many years, efforts to come to a common understanding on the LAC have not yielded any results. Exchange of maps, depicting their respective claims by both sides, in the Joint Working Group remained limited to only the Central Sector.
Coronavirus and the Delayed “Two Sessions” of China
Every year, the two biggest annual meetings of China takes place in March for two weeks, together they are called the “Two Sessions” or Lianghui. The two sessions include the plenary sessions of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). While the NPC is the top legislative body and the CPPCC is an advisory body on a range of issues.
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